A coloured picture of Woodbank and Arkwright's Mason Mill. This was
the view of the house from Harp Edge, looking across the Derwent
valley to the spectacular limestone outcrop of Cat Tor. Below
Woodbank, in the valley, are a cluster of houses on the main
road that included Fairview Terrace and the Rutland Arms public
house. Some of these properties disappeared when the A6 road
through Matlock Bath was widened.
The photograph was probably
taken shortly before John Edward Lawton, the builder of this grand
house, and his family left Matlock Bath. In June 1910 Mr. Lawton
was the defendant in a case brought by a Mr. Ernest Ridgill of
Dronfield which concerned extracting grease from sponge, cloth,
wool and seeds. The judgment went for the plaintiff in both the
claim and a counter claim.
In late November and early December the same year the contents
of the house were auctioned. They were described as "costly" in
Knight, Frank and Rutley's advertisement. As well as furniture,
rugs, carpets and china there were books and oil paintings, water
colour drawings and etchings by and after Whistler, H. Hadfield
Cubley, Featherstonehaugh, Appleton, Turner and Knox. The appointments
of 32 bedrooms were also being sold.
The card was sent to L (Louis?) Pearson Esq
c/o Mrs Pearson of Southport. The message contained the instruction:
"Please save this P.C."
previous card, Woodbank, later Cromford Court, has much more
information about both the house and the Lawton family
There is more about Woodbank (Cromford Court)
 "Buxton Advertiser",
4 June 1910. Mr. Lawton's address was given as Woodbank.
 "Derby Daily Telegraph",
25 November 1910. The sale was held on Wednesday 30th November
and Thursday 1st December.